I love Corvettes. I’ve had many, but the ’69 has always been my favorite and my first one. I’ve owned the car for close to 30 years and drove it everyday for 15 of them. After the frame rusted in half I took it off the road to complete my vision. So, the term Resto-mod didn’t exist back then, but that is exactly what I wanted to too to the car. I would always say “Why hasn’t anyone created this or that for these cars?” Well, it took many many years, but they finally have. At one point I had to manufacture my own distributor in order to keep the mechanical tach drive and utilize a 7-pin ignition module for the EFI while waiting for the industry to catch up. Many said it couldn’t be done, but it can. In fact, I have abandoned many ideas just to start new ones with the renewed interest in the car hobby.
I acquired the car from a friend of mine while we were both in the Navy. His wife wasn’t to keen on selling it and my friend actually had to forge her name on the title because she refused! I drove it from Chicago to San Francisco 3 months later and it took a week because it broke down every day! It was quite the adventure. Originally the car started out as a small block 350/350HP L46 4-speed car in Fathom green and saddle interior with absolutely no options. When I bought it, it had been repainted in International blue and the interior changed to black vinyl. It later saw fuel injection and has now evolved into a 525HP LS3 with a 4L85E automatic overdrive transmission from GM Performance Parts. Other improvements are as follows:
and last, but not least
Intro Hauler Custom Wheels
Fronts: 17″ x 8″ with 4 1/2 back space and 245-45-17 Goodyear F1 all-season performance tires
Rears: 18″ x 9″ with 265-40-18 with 5” backspace and Goodyear F1 all-season performance tires
– John V.